Headington Headlines #403

Your weekly round-up of local news for 21 – 27 January.

As Thames Valley Police struggle with funding cuts and raise the precept by £24 next year, the Marston/Northway police office which has been under threat of closure has had a reprieve, at least for the time being. The office in Barton and one in Brookes are both safe. The Oxford Mail has a full list.

À propos of which, does anyone know if there is indeed a police office on the @oxford_brookes campus? @Headingtonnews says it used to be on the Headington Hill site, but is it still there?

In other ‘Things Not Closing’ news, Headington’s branch of Santander Bank is not one of the ones being closed under the bank’s latest cost-cutting exercise.

Police are appealing for imformation about a break-in in Fortnam Close off Headley Way sometime overnight on 22/23 January. The thieves broke the patio doors to get in and steal cash.

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Headington Headlines #402

Your weekly round-up of local news for 14 – 20 January.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s latest draft of their local plan identifies Green Belt land at Wick Farm and between Barton and Elsfield as possible sites for building new homes. They have announced a series of drop-in consultation exhibitions, including one at the OXSRAD sports centre in Marsh Lane, Marston on 11 February.

Local environmentalist and Friend of Lye Valley Judy Webb @judyweb32049878 was quoted by Oxford West & Abingdon MP @LaylaMoran in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons. The debate was about the Expressway.

Police are appealing for information about a burglary in Gathorne Road on Friday 11 January.

After confusion over their booking for the day after Boxing Day, a family threatened pub and upmarket foodie resort The Black Boy that they would post bad reviews in local papers.

It came as no surprise that both Oxford’s MPs voted against the government’s EU Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday.

The latest on the Headington Door Knocker story – he’s been jailed for theft as well as breaking the terms of his earlier suspended sentence. He stole two bags from Brookes’ sports centre and meat from Waitrose.

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Headington Headlines #389

Your weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 October .

The city council is expected to award a contract next week for a total of seven bungalows to be built at two sites – Mortimer Drive in Marston and Bracegirdle Road in Wood Farm. They will be owned by the council and let at social rents. The new homes will be built off-site (I think we used to call these ‘prefabs’ a long time ago) by a specialist contractor. The Council’s report says they “will be the first delivered in Oxford under the recently signed housing deal attracting £55,000 per home, greatly reducing the cost of their provision to the Council”.

The BP petrol station at the Headley Way/Cherwell Drive junction was out of petrol for several days. Delivery trucks couldn’t get onto the site because of Access to Headington works. Ironic, some might say.

There was a distraction burglary, or attempted burglary, on Friday last week (5 October) in Mattock Close. Three men got entry after one said he was from ‘the water board’.

A memorial bench to ‘one of the best-known Irishmen in Oxford’, Billy Munnelly, has been installed in the Croft Road recreation ground in Marston.

The planning application to build two houses fronting onto Woodlands Road (see HH364) has been refused. The Notice of Refusal sets out the reasons – basically trying to squeeze too much into an unsuitable site.

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